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Girls basketball: Turnovers, cold shooting lead to Cardinal defeat

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar point guard Jordan Martins busts through a Mankato East trap by Abby Connell, left, and Claire Ziegler on Tuesday in Willmar.

WILLMAR —No. 7-rated Mankato East showed it is one of the teams to beat in Section 2AAA on Tuesday while rolling over Willmar 51-37 in girls basketball.

Both teams took 57 shots but the Cougars (13-3) made 23 to Willmar’s 16.

Willmar’s 28 percent shooting and a 24-8 disadvantage in turnovers spelled the difference.  

“East is a good team but we can stay with them if we play up to our potential,” said coach Dustin Carlson.

Claire Ziegler, a 5-11 junior forward, supplied 18 points though she was well-guarded by Heather Horning. Allison Taylor, a 6-3 freshman, came next with 8 points.

Willmar’s top scorer was point guard Jordan Martins; she scored her team’s first five points and finished with 7. Kalley Fosso and Courtney Magnuson added 6 points each.

The Section 2AAA foes each entered the game on winning streaks — 4 for East and 3 for Willmar.

The Cougars made 6 of 7 shots to start the game, plus a free throw, for a 16-10 lead. Willmar, again, had trouble with early turnovers (24 for the game) plus East put out three forwards averaging 6-foot-1 that made it difficult to operate near the iron.  East led 29-17 at half.

“We just didn’t shoot with confidence, not the way we have been during the winning streak,” said Carlson. “We just couldn’t unlock our offense. We their lead down to 6 with about 8 minutes to play but we lacked leadership at the end.”

Willmar plays its fifth straight home game Thursday vs. Rocori.

Mankato E. 51, Willmar 37

Mankato East (13-3)    29  22 — 51

Willmar (9-7)    17  20 — 37

MANKATO EAST – 23-57 FG (3-15 3-pt); 2-2 FT; 38 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Marta Anderson 3, Minisha Childress-Frederick 7, Abby Conell 6, Taylor Karge 6, Brie Satre 3, Claire Ziegler 18, Allison Taylor 8 … 3-point shots: Satre, Connell 2

WILLMAR – 16-57 FG (4-20 3-pt);1-6 FT; 35 rebounds; 8 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Magnuson 6, Kassy Linbo 3, Jordan Martins 7, McKenzie Hastad 4, Heather Horning 4, Anne Dunham 5, Kalley Fosso 6, Kaitlyn Lawler 2 … 3-point shots: Linbo 1, Martins 1, Fosso 2 … Rebound leaders: Fosso 7, Dunham 6, Horning 6, Hastad 4 … Assist leaders: Martins 4, Dunham 3 … Steal leaders: Horning 4, Dunham 3 … Blocked shots: Dunham 4

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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